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#101 Aiki-Knight



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Posted 29 March 2007 - 12:16 AM

A fateful day, that was.

It was years and years ago. I'd just got a new job and was looking in the software store for something fun to celebrate and keeps my nights amusing. I checked out the box for the game and it sounded cool. It looked cool enough on the box, and I thought running a special-forces unit fighting aliens at the squad level sounded intriguing.

Well, it's like 12 or so years later, I've had several computers since then, and I'm still playing XCOM 1 from time to time. Once I tried it, I was instantly hooked: the real-world relevance, the tension, the music, the mood - it felt, in its own way, so REAL and dramatic. Aliens were touching down around the globe, abducting people, mutilating cattle, doing experiments on people, conducting terror attacks, it HAD to be stopped!

As pixelated as the game is by modern standards, it remains unmatched for its captivating premise and tension, other than perhaps by true clones of it, like TFTD, Apoc, and even UFO:Alien Invasion. It deals with Earth as it basically really is, and addressed current UFO theories from the perspective that they're true, and the player has to stop it. Brilliant. I remember my first base-defence mission. Sectoids and discs raided my base and I had 10 little agents, with one decent sergeant. I was so proud of my little squad, and it was heartbreaking to see them get hunted down and cut to ribbons in their own base. It was so desperate. Even reloading didn't make a difference - the sergeant died every time. I think I eventually repelled the attack, but with most of my new veterans dead. It was like watching a horror movie that I was trying to control, and just couldn't.

After all these years, the premise still gets me.

Back in high school I had a small network of gaming friends and we would always circulate the good games we came across. (I miss the post-copy protection days) Among the many good games this resulted in the biggest gem was the original X-Com. I was hooked after the first mission and kep backup copies of the Zip files on 2 sets of disks and my hard drive to never risk losing the game.

Later when Xcom2 was released i rushed to stores to get a copy. One of my biggest gaming regrets is not having yet beaten part 2 (friggin tech tree) I eventually bought a full copy of part 1 so that i would have Cd backups of both games. Sadly i heard horrid things about apocalypse so to not ruin my feelings of the Xcom universe i have passed it over and stayed with the originals.

I'm HIGHLY looking forward to playing Xenocide. I've been hoping someone would take the reins and revive this classic in a modern setting for too many years. :master:

No, you HAVE to play Apoc. It has its cartoonish elements, but you won't hate it. It's real XCOM and you won't regret it.

My mom and dad bought X-com when it first came (wow) and they beat it in about a week (wow, for me anyway) and then they let my uncle try it. Then he was on vacation in the UK sometime and got Enemy Unknown and he gave the CD to us in exchange for the floppies. And one time I was visiting and he gave the floppies to me.

Sometimes I'll play 1.00 from the floppies that were saved on a zip

Your parents both played it? That is SO cool. None of my real-life friends play it. They ... suck.


X-COM being in the public domain might not be quite true (my suspicion is that local copyright laws differ...)

Abandonware sites vary by the criteria for which they will put a game up. All the game being on an abandonware site means is they don't think the publisher is likely to sue them for it.

Copyright turned on or off, I would agree with those Abandonware sites. The odds of the publisher seeking to sue you for any of the oriignal 3 X-COM games seems rather remote. Might be slightly more likely to sue for pirating Interceptor, but maybe not, who knows?

In any event, getting the accurate scoop on what is or isn't in the public domain is so annoyingly difficult that I don't think the original games will be released on this site anytime soon. (I do find it interesting that one Abandonware site I went to had Terror from the Deep but didn't think UFO Defense was abandoned yet... haha)

Yes it's heartbreaking that the copyright owners have let XCOM rot. Imagine how great the game COULD be, especially with today's graphics and computer hardware. Then again, games today don't have the awesome plots of the old games like the XCOMs.

#102 Commander Nicolai

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 07:35 AM

One of my friends rented the game because he read some where in some game magazine that you could stick DEAD ALIENS in a back pack for the Playstation version. Then later I heard this game was originally on PC so I stuck to the PC version since its more detailed.
"But if you come up against an Iraqi, who chooses to fight, YOU WILL F***N' KICK HIS A**."

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#103 Scrogdog



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Posted 25 March 2009 - 02:39 PM

In my case, I simply found X-Com 1 on the shelf at CompUSA. There was little chance that I would have failed to buy it.

Number one: I'd been playing wargames since way back in the paper map and cardboard counter days (SPI, Avalon Hill, Victory Games, etc) days. I loved grand strategy the best, but even more, I'd always search for that perfect game that gave me all options to run a war, and to fight it at all levels, strategic, operational and tactical. Ok, so I'm old. Shoot me. No... wait!

Secondly, as a lad I was always hugely interested in the the space program, astronony and science fiction. Always watched the tv shows of the time, big Star Trek fan, Battlestar Galactica, heck, I even liked Space 1999.

But there was another show done by Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Space 1999) that was somewhat out of the mainstream but I absolutely loved, called UFO. I think you can still see it on the sci fi channel.

I'm quite sure that the game was inspired by that show. It simply has to be. Too darn close in concept to think otherwise.

In UFO the tv show, they had a base on the moon and thier interceptors had one (and only one) really big-arse missle. So, what typically happened is that the SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization) space station called SID (Space Intruder Detector) would detect an incoming UFO (pronouced "you-foe" on the show) and then some really cute girls on the moonbase would dispatch the interceptors.

If that failed, then the next line of defense was Earthbound interceptors based on submarines called "Skydiver" which was basically a submarine that had an aircraft actually attached to the front of the sub, sort of acting as its "nose". The ship would angle itself upward in the water and the Sky fighter (when seperated the sub was known as Diver, the aircraft Sky) would launch while the ship was submerged.

They also had the ability to do ground recovery using what they called "Mobiles", which looked more like futuristic APCs than tanks.

Once I saw X-Com on the shelf, I'm like "OMG, the tv show in a box! This game is going to rule!"

And it did. And it still does. :)

Edited by Scrogdog, 25 March 2009 - 02:42 PM.

#104 pixiking



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Posted 10 June 2009 - 12:30 PM

Saw it in a cash converters self a few times for the playstation. Took me about three weeks before I went back and bought it. Managed to burn many a weekend on the game. Also lead me to buy TFTD.

#105 Sorrow



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Posted 29 June 2009 - 05:57 AM

When my mother bought a PC, I borrowed some games from one guy in my primary school. It included a few original CDs and a big diskette case full of pirated games.
They included TftD and Transport Tycoon Deluxe, which I loved. A few years later I saw a "collectors edition" of X-Com 1 and 2 in a store and bought it as soon as I could afford it. Some time later I bought TTD and X-Com3 too.

#106 Estyn



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Posted 26 September 2009 - 04:59 AM

Saw a post on 4chan's /tg/ board and figured it wouldn't hurt to try. Haven't regretted it yet.

#107 JediAssassin69



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Posted 30 September 2009 - 03:38 PM

A friend showed me the game one day on Playstation and I fell in love with it...I really want to find another PS disk that works...but fo rnow I am quite happy with the PC version I have!

#108 Corps



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Posted 18 August 2011 - 11:43 AM

I was in high school and it was summer break. I used to rent videogames and movies at the local video store. Tried it out for Playstation and got hooked. Couldn't find the game in a store to actually buy, so I kept renting it out a few times. I guess I was the only one renting the game, because they rental store eventually put it up for sale for $20. But I spent way more than that just renting the game.

#109 tynan



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Posted 07 November 2011 - 05:43 PM

I voted "other"
I got the game because it featured fully destructible terrain, buildings, vehicles, and objects. It's one of the best turn-based strategy games there is, period. If not THE best.

#110 slickrcbd



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 12:48 PM

In the time when X-com came out, I was stuck with an Apple IIGS as my only computer, and a Game Boy as my only video game system unless you count an ancient Intellivision. My mother had gone on an anti-video game kick around 1990. I never knew X-com existed.

However, in the 21st century I was reading fanfic when I stumbled across some crossovers with X-COM such as "The Road to Cydonia" by Cap'n Chryssalid and others.  I had no idea what X-com was, but it kinda perked my interest.

Then a couple years ago I was at the local Friends of the Library "Book Sale", where they also sell VHS tapes, audio cassettes, CDs, DVDs, and usually some donated old computer software.

In the collection of CD-ROMs, I saw the X-COM collector's edition, sans box or manual. Just two CDs in jewel cases rubber banded together for only $2, or $1/CD.

I thought "Why not? The game sounded interesting".

I've picked up a bunch of good old games there.

Edited by slickrcbd, 25 April 2014 - 08:19 PM.